Supreme Court stays rape trial against Gurmeet Ram Rahim
The Supreme Court on Monday stayed proceedings in the rape trial against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh till October 4.
The CBI special court here was informed about the apex court order, after which the court fixed the next hearing on September 30, where the defence side would produce the apex court order’s copy before it.
The trial court had dismissed two applications of Ram Rahim wherein he sought to examine former CBI officer KL Raina as a defence witness and demanded handing over of statements of the alleged two victims recorded in 2003 in the rape case against him. The case was registered in 2002.
Later, the Punjab and Haryana high court also dismissed the applications. “We approached the apex court against the orders,” informed Ram Rahim’s counsel SK Garg Narwana.
Te dera chief was seeking to examine Raina, who was once an investigating officer in the case. According to Ram Rahim, Raina must have recorded the statements of both the alleged rape victims under Section 161 of CrPC which was not made part of the challan. He also alleged that the CBI had intentionally given up Raina as a witness on December 4, 2010.
The dera chief said Raina had remained the investigating officer in the case for a long time and claimed that he had met the victims and must have recorded their statements and also of other women followers.
The second application was concerning handing over of statements of the alleged victims recorded in 2003. The CBI had submitted the statement in a compact disc (CD) before the court. Some anonymous letters addressed to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, alleging sexual exploitation of female followers at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, were circulated in 2002. On September 24, 2002, the high court had handed over the case to the CBI.